53 days in Australia Itinerary

53 days in Australia Itinerary

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53 days in Australia Itinerary

Start: Zurich
Fly:  25 h
1
Broome
— 2 nights
Fly:  5 h 45 min
2
Darwin
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h 30 min
3
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)
— 5 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
4
Katherine
— 3 nights
Fly:  7 h
5
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 45 min
6
Cairns
— 5 nights
Bus:  1 h 15 min
7
Port Douglas
— 5 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  6 h
8
Gold Coast
— 5 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
9
Sydney
— 6 nights
+4
Train + Foot + Fly + Taxi + Bus:  9 h 15 min
10
Port Campbell
— 1 night
+2
Drive + Ferry + Drive:  10 h 30 min
11
Kangaroo Island
— 3 nights
Fly:  9 h
12
Albany
— 3 nights
Drive:  4 h 30 min
13
Margaret River
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  27 h
End: Zurich

2
nights
Broome

A relaxed town of tree-shaded streets and scenic coastal stretches, Broome gained renown as a center of the pearling industry in the late 19th century.
On the 17th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Broome Historical Museum, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and then identify plant and animal life at Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour and then make a trip to Gantheaume Point.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Broome trip itinerary builder site .

Zurich, Switzerland to Broome is an approximately 25-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 7 hours traveling from Zurich to Broome. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Zurich in June, with highs in Broome at 35°C and lows at 19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel to Darwin.

Things to do in Broome

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park ©
Malcolm Douglas Crocodile Park
Gantheaume Point ©
Gantheaume Point

4
nights
Darwin

The smallest of Australia’s state capitals, Darwin has nevertheless become an attractive and important urban center, being simultaneously one of the country’s most modernized cities and a gateway to both the Top End region and South East Asia.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Litchfield National Park and Fishing Charters & Tours. Visiting Nature & Wildlife Tours and Territory Wildlife Park will get you outdoors. Get out of town with these interesting Darwin side-trips: Litchfield National Park (Wangi Falls & Magnetic Termite Mounds). There's still lots to do: get some thrills on the water with a speed boat tour, take in the dramatic natural features at Berry Springs Nature Park, identify plant and animal life at East Point Reserve, and examine the collection at Defence of Darwin Experience.

To see reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Darwin holiday planner.

Traveling by flight from Broome to Darwin takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Broome to Darwin, you'll lose 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Broome in June since evenings lows in Darwin dip to 24°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park).

Things to do in Darwin

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Litchfield National Park, Litchfield National Park, Territory Wildlife Park
Find places to stay Jun 18 — 23:
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Territory Wildlife Park ©
Territory Wildlife Park
Fishing Charters & Tours

5
nights
Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) ©
Jabiru is a town in the Northern Territory of Australia. Step off the beaten path and head to Ubirr and Kakadu National park. Get outdoors at Nourlangie Rock and Gunlom Waterfall Creek. Next up on the itinerary: examine the collection at Warradjan Cultural Centre, explore the striking landscape at Anbangbang Rock Shelter, identify plant and animal life at Anbangbang Billabong, and admire the sheer force of Jim Jim Falls.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) tour builder app .

Traveling by car from Darwin to Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) so you can drive to Katherine.

Things to do in Jabiru (Kakadu National Park)

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

Kakadu National Park
Find places to stay Jun 23 — 28:
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Ubirr ©
Ubirr
Gunlom Waterfall Creek ©
Gunlom Waterfall Creek
Nourlangie Rock ©
Nourlangie Rock

3
nights
Katherine

Katherine ©
Katherine is a town in Northern Territory, Australia. Visiting Katherine Gorge and Katherine Hot Springs will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Edith Falls and Helicopter Tours. Spend the 30th (Tue) exploring nature at Nitmiluk National Park. There's more to do: walk around Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park.

To see reviews, photos, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, read our Katherine day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Jabiru (Kakadu National Park) to Katherine takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Expect a daytime high around 36°C in June, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Things to do in Katherine

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Jun 28 — Jul 1:
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Edith Falls ©
Edith Falls
Katherine Gorge ©
Katherine Gorge
Nitmiluk National Park ©
Nitmiluk National Park

3
nights
Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park ©
Please note that visitors are no longer allowed to trek up Uluru.

Located right in the center of Australia, the national park boasts perhaps the country's most iconic natural symbol and a sacred place for the region's indigenous people--as well as Kata Tjuta, a collection of 36 red rocks forming an equally distinctive sight.
Step off the beaten path and head to Valley of the Winds and Helicopter Tours. Step out of the city life by going to Uluru and Uluru Hiking Path. Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga, get engrossed in the history at Uluru-Kata Tjuta Cultural Centre, view the masterpieces at Walkatjara Art, and go for a walk through Lungkata Walk.

To see topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park online travel route planner .

You can fly from Katherine to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Katherine in July, expect Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to be little chillier, temps between 24°C and 4°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) so you can travel to Cairns.

Things to do in Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Helicopter Tours
Find places to stay Jul 1 — 4:
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Valley of the Winds ©
Valley of the Winds
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga ©
Kata Tjuta / Mount Olga
Uluru ©
Uluru

5
nights
Cairns

A neat, cosmopolitan city of shaded plazas and laid-back neighborhoods, Cairns serves as a popular base for exploration of the surrounding region and the Great Barrier Reef, as well as a center for watersport activities like surfing or waterskiing.
Relax by the water at Trinity Beach and Mission Beach. Take a break from the city and head to Scuba & Snorkeling and Atherton Tablelands. Get out of town with these interesting Cairns side-trips: Palm Cove Beach (in Palm Cove) and Kuranda (Birdworld Kuranda, Australian Butterfly Sanctuary, &more). There's lots more to do: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Blue Sky Brewery, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and skim along the rocks with a canyoning and rapelling tour.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Cairns tour itinerary planner.

Getting from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park to Cairns by flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Cairns, with highs around 30°C, while nights are warmer with lows around 20°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to catch the bus to Port Douglas.

Things to do in Cairns

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Kuranda, Trinity Beach, Mission Beach, Palm Cove Beach
Find places to stay Jul 4 — 9:
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Scuba & Snorkeling
Trinity Beach ©
Trinity Beach

5
nights
Port Douglas

Port Douglas ©
A holiday in Port Douglas balances an activity-filled getaway with plenty of opportunities to relax, thanks to its proximity to the Great Barrier Reef and bustling beach life.
Step out of the city life by going to Scuba & Snorkeling and Safaris. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Photography Tours and Dubuji Boardwalk. Explore Port Douglas' surroundings by going to Thornton Beach (in Thornton Beach) and Daintree Entomological museum (in Diwan). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Opal Reef, admire all the interesting features of Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, head outdoors with Horses in Port, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, maps, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and other tourist information, use the Port Douglas trip planner.

Traveling by bus from Cairns to Port Douglas takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In July, daily temperatures in Port Douglas can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 20°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Gold Coast.

Things to do in Port Douglas

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cape Tribulation, Shannonvale Tropical Fruit Winery, Hartley's Crocodile Adventures, Photography Tours
Find places to stay Jul 9 — 14:
Highlights from your plan
Opal Reef ©
Opal Reef
Scuba & Snorkeling
Agincourt Reef ©
Agincourt Reef

5
nights
Gold Coast

Gold Coast ©
A city of towering skyscrapers, sandy beaches, and tree-lined streets, Gold Coast has an unpretentious air complemented by a citywide focus on sports and the arts.
Get outdoors at Cape Byron Walking Track and Natural Bridge. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Burleigh Heads Beach and Kurrawa Beach. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Gold Coast: Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre (in Murwillumbah), Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary (in Brisbane) and Byron Bay (Stand-Up Paddleboarding & Dolphin & Whale Watching). The adventure continues: enjoy the sand and surf at Kirra Beach, browse the different shops at Robina Town Centre, explore the striking landscape of Burleigh Head National Park, and don't miss a visit to Purling Brook Falls.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, and more tourist information, use the Gold Coast trip app .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Port Douglas to Gold Coast in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and train; or drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Port Douglas in July, with highs in Gold Coast at 24°C and lows at 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Sydney.

Things to do in Gold Coast

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Byron Bay, Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary, Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre
Find places to stay Jul 14 — 19:
Highlights from your plan
Burleigh Heads Beach ©
Burleigh Heads Beach
Burleigh Head National Park ©
Burleigh Head National Park
Coolangatta Beach ©
Coolangatta Beach

6
nights
Sydney

Lent iconic status as a result of its famous bridge and opera house, Sydney has a down-to-earth charm that enhances its spectacular setting and functional efficiency.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at Bondi Beach and Manly Beach. Step out of the city life by going to Featherdale Wildlife Park and Dolphin & Whale Watching. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Sydney: Kiama Blowhole (in Kiama), Blue Mountains (in Katoomba) and Wentworth Falls (in Wentworth Falls). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Balmoral Beach, Mosman, take in nature's colorful creations at Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, stroll through Shelly Beach, and stop by The Rocks.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Sydney trip planner.

Getting from Gold Coast to Sydney by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Sydney are 21°C, while nighttime lows are 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sat) early enough to travel to Port Campbell.

Things to do in Sydney

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Balmoral Beach, Mosman, Bondi to Coogee Walk, Kiama Blowhole, Blue Mountains, Lincoln's Rock
Find places to stay Jul 19 — 25:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Balmoral Beach, Mosman ©
Balmoral Beach, Mosman
Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park ©
Featherdale Sydney Wildlife Park

1
night
Port Campbell

Port Campbell ©
Port Campbell is a coastal town in Victoria, Australia. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take some stellar pictures from Twelve Apostles and then make a trip to The Grotto. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Port Campbell National Park, then identify plant and animal life at Loch Ard Gorge, and then admire all the interesting features of Gibsons Steps.

For reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Port Campbell online travel route planner .

Traveling by combination of train, flight, and bus from Sydney to Port Campbell takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, train, and bus; or drive. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel to Kangaroo Island.

Things to do in Port Campbell

Parks Nature Wildlife
Find places to stay Jul 25 — 27:
Highlights from your plan
Twelve Apostles ©
Twelve Apostles
Port Campbell National Park ©
Port Campbell National Park
Loch Ard Gorge ©
Loch Ard Gorge

3
nights
Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island ©
Abandoned by Aborigines a few thousand years ago, Kangaroo Island attracts over 140,000 visitors each year.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Seal Bay Conservation Park and Off-Road Tours. Get outdoors at Flinders Chase National Park and Stokes Beach. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Hanson Bay Wildlife Sanctuary and learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Kangaroo Island Wildlife Park.

To find maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Kangaroo Island trip itinerary maker website .

Traveling by combination of car and ferry from Port Campbell to Kangaroo Island takes 10.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, train, and flight; or do a combination of bus and flight. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to travel to Albany.

Things to do in Kangaroo Island

Wildlife Parks Outdoors
Find places to stay Jul 27 — 31:
Highlights from your plan
Flinders Chase National Park ©
Flinders Chase National Park
Raptor Domain ©
Raptor Domain
Off-Road Tours

3
nights
Albany

Founded as a military outpost in 1826, Albany is the oldest town in Western Australia, just barely gaining this title by being settled two years earlier than Fremantle and Perth.
Visiting Greens Pool and Elephant Rocks will get you outdoors. You'll enjoy a bit of beach vacationing at Little Beach and Middleton Beach. Step out of Albany with an excursion to Harewood Forest in Denmark--about 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Tours, examine the collection at National Anzac Centre, take in the dramatic natural features at The Gap and Natural Bridge, and kick back and relax at Emu Point.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, read Albany trip maker app .

You can fly from Kangaroo Island to Albany in 9 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and bus; or do a combination of taxi, ferry, bus, and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kangaroo Island to Albany. In July in Albany, expect temperatures between 19°C during the day and 7°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Margaret River.

Things to do in Albany

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

Denmark
Find places to stay Jul 31 — Aug 3:
Highlights from your plan
Dolphin & Whale Watching
Greens Pool ©
Greens Pool
Little Beach ©
Little Beach

2
nights
Margaret River

Margaret River ©
A low-rise, laid-back town of approximately 4,500 inhabitants, Margaret River serves as an ideal local base to explore the surrounding wine region.
On the 4th (Tue), explore the fascinating underground world of Mammoth Cave, then Head underground at Lake Cave, then Head underground at Jewel Cave, and finally kick back and relax at Hamelin Bay. Keep things going the next day: explore the fascinating underground world of Ngilgi Cave and then add some adventure to your tour with a kayaking and canoeing tour.

For topicsMoreInfo.option.ratings, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Margaret River trip planner.

Getting from Albany to Margaret River by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Margaret River

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Ngilgi Cave, Jewel Cave
Find places to stay Aug 3 — 5:
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Lake Cave ©
Lake Cave
Kayaking & Canoeing
Hamelin Bay ©
Hamelin Bay

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